Quotes from Teens: We feel pressure to look a certain way Its hard to avoid in your face diet advertising We want to be in shape for sports We want to look good for spring break
Dieting Danger Signs Continues to diet even if not overweight Feels weak or dizzy May spend less time with family/friends Eats alone Performs poorly in school Is afraid of eating certain foods Loses weight very quickly
Teens at Risk Many teens dont get enough calcium, iron, and folic acid.
True or False? When females diet, their periods may stop and they may lose bone mass. You should avoid carbs.
Ask yourself: Does the diet… Promise quick weight loss? Require you to buy something in order to participate? Make claims that certain foods are bad? Include a warning for people with chronic disease? Use words like: Amazing, Instant, Miraculous? Require you to take pills?
Teach your peers to Ditch Diets that tell them to… Starve, skip meals or drastically reduce food intake Eat only certain foods Completely cut fats, sugars, or carbs Use laxatives or diuretics Take pills, powders, or large doses of herbs Focus on quick weight loss without exercise
How can you promote a healthy lifestyle among your peers?
You can help other teens by: Helping to clarify myths, such as false advertising Teaching them to read food labels Encouraging them to be active Helping them set realistic goals Suggesting that they limit TV and computer time Being a positive role model
The Real Deal There is no quick and easy way to lose weight Any diet that sounds too good to be true probably is
Healthy weight management involves: Making small, gradual changes that you will be able to keep up for the rest of your life, such as: Eating nutritious foods from all 5 food groups Cutting back on excess calorie intake from sugary drinks, candy, and fast foods Regular physical activity Movation and a positive attitude
Web Resources The Center for Young Womens Health at: www.youngwomenshealth.org The American Dietetic Association at: www.eatright.org www.eatright.org The Food Pyramid website at: www.mypyramid.gov